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Murano makeover

Nissan Murano.

The ugly duckling in Nissan's flock of four-wheel drives has grown into a familiar-looking member of the family.

$1m caravan unveiled

Global Caravan Technologies CR-1 is expected to cost $1 million.

Carbon fibre holiday home built by Nasa, F1 engineers.

X-citing changes

Nissan X-Trail

The square-rigged X-Trail is no more with the new model now wearing Nissan's corporate suit.

The true family car

Citroen Grand Picasso

More seats and space than most will ever need makes this family holdall the current champion among people-movers.

Ute battle on a knife-Edge

Toyota Hilux SR5 V6

It speaks volumes about the state of New Zealand's new vehicle industry that four of the 10 best-sellers last year were utes.

Q for quick

Audi RS Q3

The first RS model in Audi's Q lineup of luxury SUVs has arrived and it is an invigorating performer.

Charge, drive, save

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Mitsubishi launches new Outlander plug-in hybrid electric SUV with the claim it will open a new chapter in NZ's automotive history.

First ute is 80

Ford utility

Loved by bushwhackers, cowboys and daily commuters the world over, the pickup truck or ute has been around for 80 years.

BMW's new couple-style SUV


BMW reveals its fifth SUV model, the X4.

More Merc (and less)

Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG.

It may not leap buildings in a single bound, but here's a vehicle that could appeal to an audience that never considered a Mercedes or an SUV before.

Highlander crosses over

Toyota Highlander

Unlike previous models, Toyota's full-sized SUV is now made in the US, as are most of the other seven-seaters out there.

Doing the Macan can

Porsche Macan.

A fifth model is about to be added to the Porsche fleet. It's the Macan, a vehicle Porsche is describing as the sports-car of the world's SUV segment.

'Radical' Defender on way

A 1948 Land-Rover being driven through the current factory test route almost 66 years on.

It appears a new Land Rover Defender is closing in on a release date.

VW joins mini SUV fray

Volkswagen Taigun

Already successful with its Touareg and Tiguan models, VW is introducing the Taigun, a small SUV based on its Polo platform.

At home on the Coast

Toyota Prado VX.

Of all New Zealand's regions, maybe it is remote West Coast that best suits SUVs. Rob Maetzig packs his fishing rod and heads there in a Toyota Prado.

Bushbashing days are gone

Nissan Pathfinder

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Forget everything you know, and probably admire, about Nissan Pathfinders.

Every dog should have one

Suzuki S-Cross.

Timed well to join the small SUV flock, Suzuki's S-Cross could be the perfect pooch's choice.

Odd stroke of genuis

Mahindra XUV500 W8 4X4.

A fully equipped seven-seat SUV available for the price of a compact hatchback, what's not to like about the Mahindra XUV500?

A luxury feel

Holden's most luxurious Captiva strap

The tinkering with Holden's Captiva 5 SUV continues, and the big benefit is that the model keeps getting better and more luxurious.

Better car, better value

Subaru Outback.

Some pretty good things have been done to Subaru's Outback wagon in an effort to keep it relevant.

Electric Mitsi a game-changer

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi is about to turn the NZ new vehicle industry on its ear with launch of the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV.

Suzuki hatches a crossover

Suzuki S-Cross.

Suzuki poised to enter the fast-growing small crossover segment of NZ's new car market with a vehicle appropriately called S-Cross.

Still getting better


It looks familiar inside and out, but BMW's star performing X5, is even more talented than it was before.

Ford culls its V8 Ute

FPV GS ute

Blue Oval's brawny hay-hauler set to hit the skids.

Prado first drive review

New Toyota Prado.

Toyota's updated Prado brings more features and minor price increases on some models.

Raring to go

Range Rover Sport

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Almost 100 Range Rover Sports have been sold even before the car's arrival here.

All-round star performer

Subaru Forester XT

Take the engine from a sportscar, give it direct injection and turbo-charge it, and you can have one of the fastest SUVs on the Kiwi market - the Subaru Forester XT.

On the right Trax

Holden Trax

The Holden Trax is a new entry in a growing market segment seeking small hatchback-sized vehicles that are just a little different.

More Colorado grunt

Holden Colorado

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Holden's Colorado ute and Colorado7 SUV sibling have been facelifted, and while they're still trucks they're definitely better than before.

Rangie stretched

Range Rover gets stretched

Land Rover targets conventional limousines with its uber-luxury lengthened off-roader.

Bit more of a townie

Nissan Pathfinder.

A new Nissan Pathfinder has landed in New Zealand, lighting the way for further important new Nissans soon to arrive.

Impressive RWD Jeep

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2

Even with just rear wheel drive, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo proves to be a remarkably complete motor car.

Sun setting on legend

Land Rover Defender.

All good things eventually come to an end and so it is for the Land Rover Defender which started off as a sketch in the sand 67 years.

Mitsubishi previews next-gens

New look and plug-in hybrid power for incoming Mitsubishi SUVs.

New look and plug-in hybrid power for incoming Mitsubishi SUVs.

Territory with a Edge

Ford Edge/Territory.

As well as news of a right hand drive Mustang, it appears Ford Australia will still have a Territory, but not as we know it.

Peugeot crosses

Peugeot 2008.

Peugeot enters the increasingly popular small crossover segment of the new vehicle market with the 2008.

The best, made even better


BMW has taken its best-selling sports activity vehicle and made it a lot better.

Land Rover joins hybrid race

Range Rover hybrid

Land Rover is focusing on Europe with its first hybrid models, which was a surprise for many at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Automatic for the people

Mitsubishi ASX Diesel.

Diesel versions of Mitsubishi's compact ASX crossover vehicle now have automatic transmissions which ups the potential to increase sales.

Money alone can't buy supercar

Ferrari's LaFerrari.

Rich Kiwis find out you need more than money to buy the world's "most exclusive car".

Veyron replacement confirmed

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti has confirmed it will build a follow-up to the world's fastest car, its 430kmh Veyron.

No parking space too small


The Armadillo-T car can be parked at the press of a smartphone button and folds up to be just 1.65m long.

Discovery facelift revealed

2014 Land Rover Discovery.

Fresh look and a new petrol engine headline changes for British off-roader.

Feel the quality

Range Rover Vogue SDV8

This is called stating the obvious: The new Range Rover Vogue is a luxury SUV.

Prado facelift revealed

The facelifted Toyota Landcruiser Prado.

Toyota's popular Landcruiser Prado has a new look.

Evoque upgraded

2014 Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover has unveiled a more fuel-friendly version of its popular Range Rover Evoque.

Ticking the boxes

Holden Trax

Holden may have a wider market base than it realises with its engaging new Trax.

BMW i8 packs Gorilla Glass

BMW i8

Yes, the same Gorilla Glass that's on your smartphone.

Whoops! Ford caught out

Ford Hybrid

Testing finds new Ford hybrid gets less miles per gallon than claimed.

Holden makes Trax

Holden Trax

Holden steals a march on New Zealand's all-new crossover segment with the Trax.

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